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To my knowledge, this band has yet to do a bad CD, and are one of my all time fave goth artists. It’s like they keep the line between gothic rock and dark new wave melody alive, as well as bring it into the 21st century with almost no effort at all. This group brings me back to those days when it was often me and some old school goth tunes, such as Bauhaus and Joy Division, back to those days when goth strangely enough had a pure energy, not the stereotype it is these days. And they were one the first to dare put goth elements into electronic music, making masterpieces like "Medusa", which sounded like what Joy Division would sound like after tutoring under post "Exile" Gary Numan, and "Twist Of Shadows", possibly the most enjoyable and clever dark-wave CDs to come out of the 80's. Always they manage to bring some type of new element to gothic music in ways that almost no others can, and where many of the others who have COX’s amount of fame (such as The Cure or The Damned) have failed. On this release, Ronny and his gang of merry men and women bring a combination of what could be "Notes From The Underground" meets Souxie And The Banshees’ "Superstition", making what could best be described as 80's darkwave for the 21st century, complete with that Clan Of Xymox ambience we’ve come to know so well and love. And as mentioned before, it’s got that old school gothic boogy and melody which is outright addictive, something you could get only from seasoned pros like COX. Dancey goth-pop patterns and danceable drum beats are met with chainsaw guitar riffs, making for a very addictive mix, all topped with Ronny’s charming and emotive baritone vocals. The patterns are always tricky, and always shifting around, but it does give you that feeling like you’re back in a nightclub in the post-Joy Division era, something that I rarely experience in this day of cookie cutter glam-goth bands and rehashed Bauhaus clones. My two favorites from this CD have to be "It’s Not Enough", with it’s bouncey goth-pop guitar work and sharp melody, and "There’s No Tomorrow", which is the old Clan Of Xymox feel with a 22nd century dance line attached to it, making it the perfect cross between gothic sensibilities and dance floor ethic of today. Another masterpiece from one of the most influencial European bands out there, and one of the few in goth who are always looking forward. Also of high note are "Creatures" and "Notes From The Underground", but anything of COX will not steer you wrong. Rating: 10.
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Artist: POUSSEUR / MAIN / JECK / OVAL
Title: 4 Parabolic Mixes
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sub Rosa
Distributor: Audioglobe
Based on "8 ètudes paraboliques" by Henri Pousseur, 4 PARABOLIQUE REMIXES presents four different mixes and approach to what Posseur created in 1972. Recorded live at Le Botanique, Brussels, on November 2001 during the Netd@ys Wallonie - Bruxelles Festival, this double CD presents four interpretation played by Pousseur himself and by Main, Jeck and Oval. All the tracks are digitally treated and each participant to the event gives his interpretation of the original sounds. Pousseur's mix is really chaotic and anarchic while Main's Robert Hampson is more ambient and with a lot of calm moments alternated to powerful ones. On the second CD Philip Jeck is opening with his "Third Parabolic Mix", which is more bleepy and based on drones that are added sequentially creating moments of real noise. The last version is the "Fourth Parabolic Mix" by Markus Popp / Oval, who creates disturbing sequences of hisses and tones but adding also new sounds / samples respect the original sources. This double CD is a document of an interesting event but in this form, it lacks of informations for the people who wasn't there.
Aug 12 2003
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Artist: LAMIA
Title: Dark Angel
Format: CD
Label: Black Rain (@)
Oh my Gaaawd. Electro-EBM with ethereal/symphonic female vocals and filtered male ones, plus organ. Lithurgical EBM? They sound like an electro version of the already horrible O Quam Tristis. Lamia (which sound so close to "Lame" to my ears) even get to the point of covering Bach and Chopin with horrible synthetic sounds. Why?? If this wasn't so terribly serious and self-assured, one could enjoy it with a vertical laugh on its face, but actually old mainstream stuff like Enigma was a hundred times better, and more refined. Terrible, mediocre in its execution and ridiculously pompous in its very conception.
Aug 12 2003
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Artist: HIOCTAN (@)
Title: Headscan
Format: CD
Label: NoiTekk (@)
More typical German/NoiTekk electro = gloomy atmospheres, fat programmings, and a taste for distorted, quasi-black metal vocals (see Tactical Sekt, Grendel etc.). 12 tracks, including the cover of "Someone Somewhere" by Klinik. This is not bad and it's not that good, the problem is that I find it more and more difficult to tell one project apart from the other in the flood of German electro acts. Again, I'd expect layout to be better, a record company should hire more talented artists.
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Artist: ASLAN FACTION
Title: Sin-drome of separation
Format: CD EP
Label: NoiTekk (@)
Five new tracks from AF and seven remixes by Feindflug, Dioxyde, davaNtage, Slaave, Retrosic, C-Drone-Defect and Weapons Grade, for 66' of music. I won't talk of the obvious dose of redundance involved in operations like this, where you get 3 or 4 slightly different versions of the same track, since most of the projects involved have very similar styles and approaches... AF follow the path of their previous releases, with hard-hitting electro with aggressive beats, gloomy keys and hyper-filtered and distorted vocals. In the line of heavier projects like davaNtage, Grendel or Tactical Sekt. Thumbs down for the very mediocre layout, with beyond lame font.
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